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El Centro College

Backfill and Renovations of Existing Labs & Administrative Areas

Location: Dallas, TX
Completed 2010
The purpose of this project is to renovate the spaces that will become available after the Center for Allied Health & Nursing move into the Paramount Building. These spaces will be occupied by other programs within El Centro College. McAfee3 worked with El Centro to renovate classrooms and spaces within their urban campus. The renovation included the reconfiguring of departments and spaces associated with student intake services; Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, Testing and Assessment, a new Biology and Chemistry Labs and additional 6-8 new 1000 sq.ft. classrooms.

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Alvaranga/Ward Residence

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McAdams Park

The program required relocation of the recreation facilities of an existing park due to the construction of an interstate highway system through the area, and the establishment of a concession structure for a new baseball diamond in the park. Space requirements were for a new swimming pool, wadding pool and corresponding bathhouse facilities, shaded spectator seating areas and shaded swimmer areas. The pool deck itself was set on a three foot earth fill.

The entire pool deck was surrounded about the perimeter with double sandblasted concrete columns that provide structural elements for the bathhouse spectator and swimmer canopy areas and extend to provide lighting elements for redwood members. These benches not only provided seating, but are large enough to accommodate several swimmers who wish to use the top of these benches for sun bathing. The office area is completely glass enclosed, therefore, giving the pool manager visual control of the entire pool. The concession building for the baseball diamond was located several hundred yards to the south of the swimming pool area. A concrete press deck was elevated above the grade level, behind the concession area, under the roof slab to provide the press with an unobstructed view of the baseball diamond. The overhand of the structure provides shelter for the press and for spectators in case of rain.

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Dallas Detention Center

South Tower

Location: Dallas, TX

McAfee3 Architects with HKS INC., has designed the new Dallas County Detention Center, South Tower. The facility is a 265,293 square foot jail addition of four floors at an estimated construction cost of $54,636,564.00 which does include some basement additions and modifications. The facility houses 2304 inmates in nine living pods per floor and 64 inmates per living pod. Finishes have been chosen to be low maintenance as well as decorative to assist in providing an atmosphere inmates will identify as a better environment when compared to a locked-down facility; thereby encouraging better inmate conduct. The facility has medical services on each floor with recreational and multi-purpose rooms shared by paired pods for inmates.

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Fire Station No. 44

The City of Dallas Public Works and Transportation Department is building a new Fire Station No.44 which will replace the existing structure built in 1959. This facility will be a 12,000 sq. ft. replacement facility for the existing station located in east Dallas. The new station will include two full (70′) and two half (40′) apparatus bays, with living quarters to accommodate fifteen firefighters per shift. The 1.3 acre site of the new station is located at the corner of Fitzhugh Ave. and Lagow, across from Fair Park.

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Omaha Love’s Museum

The Love’s Jazz and Arts Center was named after musician Preston Love and is located at 2510 North 24th Street in Omaha Nebraska within the historic African American business community. As an educational institution, the Love’s Jazz & Art Center features state of the art digital media equipment enabling us to teach the latest media and engage in innovative new initiatives.

McAfee3 Architects planned and designed the renovation of an existing two-story building which includes exhibit space, administrative offices, multi-purpose lecture and event areas, and classrooms. The facility was totally upgraded to meet ADA standards and current code compliance.

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McKnight / Ulrich

Wichita, KS

Originally designed by McAfee3 Architects in the mid 1970s, the 67,000 SF McKight/Ulrich complex is a major focal point at the entrance to the Wichita State University campus. Set on a limited, sloped site, the renovation program included administration, exhibition, teaching, and lecture facilities. McAfee3 Architects’ design solution incorporated glass-enclosed bridges that joined McKnight to an adjacent teaching facility. This project earned design awards from the Kansas AIA, Central States regional Architectural Competition and National Organization for Minority Architects.

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Newsletter January 2013

Our Dallas Principal Charyl McAfee-Duncan was recently elevated to Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This honor was bestowed on Charyl for her significant contributions to the profession of architecture and for making an ever-increasing service to society.

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Newsletter December 2012


McAfee3’s Dallas office recently began work on another portion of Eastfield College. The scope of work includes a renovation of the existing Photo Labs, the classrooms, the lobby, and the passage way between S and C Building.

… the full  December Newsletter here.


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Newsletter November 2012


McAfee3’s Dallas office recently began work on another portion of Eastfield College. The scope of work includes a renovation of the existing Photo Labs, the classrooms, the lobby, and the passage way between S and C Building.

… the full  December Newsletter here.


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